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Sparks Lake fire grows to 750 hectares, prompts evacuation order from regional district

The Sparks Lake wildfire has led the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to issue an evacuation order for nine properties that were previously put on alert.
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Kamloops country musician Marshall Potts was among those affected by the Sparks Lake fire. He posted a video to Instagram in July 2021, showing the fire in close proximity to his property northwest of the city.

The Sparks Lake wildfire has led the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to issue an evacuation order for nine properties that were previously put on alert.

The addresses affected include six on Tranquille-Criss Creek Road (8092, 8088, 7750, 7645, 7560 and 7501), two on Seven Lakes Road (7900, 8185) and 4000 Leblond Rd — all located in close proximity to the fire.

The TNRD says those who are evacuating must leave immediately and report to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre parking lot at 1655 Island Pkwy. Those evacuating can also self-register as evacuees through the Evacuee Registration and Assistance Tool online at ess.gov.bc.ca.

The Sparks Lake fire has more than doubled in size today, up to 750 hectares as of Tuesday afternoon. The fire started in the latter half of Monday, June 28, and burned quickly in the extreme record-smashing heat, which follows dry conditions in spring and early summer.

The BC Wildfire Service is currently attacking the fire with ground crews, helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment.

Kamloops-area musician Marshall Potts is apparently one of those affected by the evacuations. In a number of posts to Instagram, Potts shows how close the fire is to his property.